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represents the Greek transliteration (ἀββά) of the Aramaic address to God as Father in three bilingual invocations, Mark 14:36, Gal 4:6, and Rom 8:15. Since J. Jeremias explained it in 1953 as a unique, diminutive address to God in the language of small children, it has been attributed particular theological and christological significance as an expression of Jesus' unique understanding of God. Though Jeremias withdrew his derivation and interpretation of the term as babble, this withdrawal has remained wi…

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Schelbert, Georg, “Abba”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 March 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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